In my previous two posts (Installing Linux on a Netbook and Tweaking Lubuntu on my Acer Netbook), I initially created a dual boot option with Windows XP and Lubuntu, and then fought with the netbook’s BIOS that was in conflict with the Linux approach to power management stuff until I had both working, or so I thought. The last step for the one was to re-flash the BIOS and that accidentally took out my Windows install somehow (not too surprising, crap happens when you mess with the BIOS!). I could have tried reinstalling Windows, but really, who has the time for that? Like XP was worth the effort? 🙂
With dual-boot, it was almost 2 minutes to get Windows fully up and loaded, Lubuntu was about 55 seconds (or 1 minute 5 sec, if I let it run the wait delay of choosing Lubuntu to start). I hoped that after the reinstall, I might be able to get that 55 seconds down to something a little quicker considering part of the reason of doing all of this in the first place was to have “lighter (and faster) overhead” on the system when I was done in order to rejuvenate a tired netbook. » Read the rest
In my previous post (Installing Linux on a Netbook), I played with the initial setup to get Lubuntu installed on my ACER ASPIRE ONE netbook (model AOD150). I expected to do it as a solo install, dumping Windows in the process, but the installer gave me a dual boot option that seemed like a pretty good option, so I left a partition running Windows XP. The default boot is Linux, but if I change the menu selection in a prompt window that lasts ten seconds, it will switch to booting Windows.
When I finished off last night with the quick install (start to finish, just over an hour), I had five things on my to-do list to label it “ready”. Today, I started trying to tweak those five “little” issues.
The first issue was that there was something going on with my power management settings. Here’s what would happen — I would boot, it would start the Linux option, and then about 15-20 seconds in, my netbook would go into suspend mode. » Read the rest
I have an old netbook, an ACER ASPIRE ONE. Not the most powerful of tools, and it is almost ten years old. It worked at the time for what I wanted it for — a simple laptop to use at a coffee shop, do some basic wordprocessing, maybe some web surfing, a bit of email. No graphics, no games, no media really, mostly just a portable wordprocessor.
Back in the late 90s, I was convinced there was a market for this type of product. So I went looking for it. Including a trip to Toronto to see if I could find a stripped-down laptop, not too large, preferably without a giant CD-ROM adding bulk and heft to something that didn’t need it. I tried a bunch, but all were either too big or WAY too expensive (I’m looking at you Sony!). In the end, I gave up. I tried upgrading my palm pilot to have a keyboard too, but the screen was just too small to be worth it. » Read the rest